Both beaches are the must see in their categories. You got all the services you need, even accomodation ( In fact I stayed in Paradise one week in 93), food, drinks, camping, hotel, laundry, hair stylist, restaurant, coffe shop, travel agency, etc etc.
Music 24 hours x 24 hours, beach parties, crazy life, never boring believe me.
Mykonos is famous for its windmills. Not much else. You won't find any ancient Greek temples here, but there are some old monuments on the nearby island of Delos.
Mykonos is a popular stop on cruise ship tours of the Greek Islands. Upon disembarking at port, cruise ship passengers head right for the windmills like a column of ants going after a dropped crumb of baklava.
In the 19th century windmills were built on Mykonos and used to grind wheat into flour.
At one time Mykonos had 28 windmills in operation, but now most are in dilapidated condition. The most photographed windmills are the five in a row visible from the port.
Another popular one is on top of the hill at the Agricultural Museum, which is still in functioning condition.
So, like millions of tourists before your arrival (and the three hundred walking behind you), you go to the set of five windmills on your right as you get off the ship and then make your way up the hill past all of the white buildings to the Agricultural Museum windmill.
Of course if you visit Mykonos you can not avoid this great tempation, the beach.
Ornos is a little town located at more or less 7 kilometers from Mykonos Port. You can take a bus (they have a good service) and they put you just on the sand. Bars, pubs, restaurants, and all those places to spend a fun time are close to you. Then, never forget these classical "thing to do", go to the beach for a nice tanning and to meet people!
How picturesque is that? And to think, there are so many other beaches on the island, and possibly even more beautiful. There’s even a beach called Paradise and another called Super Paradise. Well, just experiencing this part of the island was paradise enough for me.
I just had to take a picture of this adorable local woman. Doesn't she look like a sweet old lady who'd just shower her grandkids with hugs and kisses and bake them cookies too (well maybe not cookies, but whatever the Greek version of that might be - baklava perhaps)?
A feature of the island, the pelican has gained a sort of celebrity status. Cherished by locals and admired by visitors, this long-billed, webbed-footed, feathery (and quite a big) creature is constantly approached, fed, and/or photographed. Really, it’s an attraction in and of itself.
The original pelican celeb was Petros. He was found after a storm in 1954, and for some reason or another decided to cease all migrating habits to become one of the locals. Well, who could blame him... beautiful scenery, free food, and affection - for life.
Petros lived on Mykonos for thirty years until his death, but no worries, his spirit lives on. You can see it in his descendants who have made the waterfront home. But wait, you too can own a part of Petros history. Just wander into any souvenir shop on the island and purchase a stuffed animal in the pelican’s liking, which come in all sizes - small, medium, and large.
These pure white, cylindrical structures with conical roofs were once used for grinding agricultural products. But nowadays, these windmills see more cameras flashing than grain or wheat. With such unique aesthetics, it’s no wonder they’ve become one of the island’s most recognized landmarks. You’ll find these five windmills on the western tip of town.
Northeast of the Five Windmills, the area of town where you see buildings constructed right on the water’s edge with their balconies overhanging the breaking waves is appropriately referred to as “Little Venice.” This is also the artist’s quarters and one of the best spots to view the sunset .
Considered to be the most famous church on the island, Paraportiani is actually a complex of five churches. Four of the churches were built on the ground to form the base, and the fifth was placed on top to form a central domed roof. Interesting stuff, huh?
Funny story, but originally, I insisted on deleting this only picture P.G. took of the church because I didn’t really care for it too much. Besides, we already had tons of pictures of churches. But now, after seeing the exact same picture on the web, I’ve come to realize its cultural and architectural significance. Thank goodness for P.G.’s sense.
There are hundreds of Greek churches like this one dotting the island. They are typically small, private chapels that are locally owned. We stepped inside the small space of this church and experienced something both eerie and magical at the same time.
Hours of island exploration left us beat. And so, we did like these two locals and took a seat in full view of the harbor. Ahhh, I can still remember the fresh Mykonos air, which is so unlike the polluted one I’m breathing right now in New York City (cough, cough).
I told VT member Sinequanon, A Greek naturalist in Athens, that I would do some serious birdwatching in Greece. (After all, birdwatching is listed among my travel interests!)
What better way to keep my promise than to go watch what is arguably the most famous bird in all of Greece: Petros the Pelican!
Pelican hunting is the #2 tourist activity on Mykonos after windmill chasing. You don't actually shoot the bird with a rifle, but instead use your camera. The pelican population on Mykonos is actually limited to three, and Petros is by far the most popular.
Petros can often be seen with his girlfriend, "Irina" and they are the subject of my featured photo. The third pelican is an injured male who is jealous of Petros' celebrity status (and girlfriend, perhaps) and has an irritable temper.
"Petros" is also the only Greek word you need to know on Mykonos. Just say "Petros" to any local villager in the vicinity of the waterfront and they will point you in the direction of where the famous pelican was last seen. Usually the island's mascot loiters near Nikos Taverna, which is one of the local kitchens that is known to feed Petros. Yet to find Nikos Taverna, you must wander through the seaside town's labyrinthe of lanes intentionally designed to confuse pirates back in the old days. Nowadays it is said that the crooked narrow streets also help deter the strong winds during storms.
Just remember all you need to say to any villager is "Petros" and you'll find your way to one of the pelican's usual hangouts. A visit to Mykonos is not complete without a Petros sighting, so look for the pelican before or after you reach the other island icon (those above mentioned windmills).
Super Paradise Beach is not a typical "paradise" beach in my books, but it's a fun, energetic beach full of people of all sorts. Many people warned me about naked people will be all over, but that was untrue. I did not see a single person who was naked!
There are many deck-chairs to sit, get your drink orders, and enjoy the water.
It also appeared that one half were the heteresexual people, and on the other side were the gay folk. There was a bar catering for gays on the beach, and another further up the hill overlooking the beach. The bar I hung out was the other end, which was quite large, and at the back area of the bar, it had a swimming pool!
Yep, a swimming pool in a bar at a beach! Many people went for a dip into it, and it was very much fun.
Later in the afternoon, at about after 4pm or so, the bar started to pump the music a little louder and more and more people started to have a dance on the beach, on tables... even the bar itself! Greeks tend to not mind what you do in bars, as long as you have fun and drink up! BTW, when you dance, you just dance in your swimming costumes, as you will get hot and wet!
We danced a lot... had a few breaks in between by going for a quick swim, and continued until 10pm! Every 15 or so minutes, the bar people will throw bottles of water out into the crowd dancing so they may spray water all over the place to cool everyone down, so yep, everybody gets wet! ;)
It was a great experience to go to a beach, swim then party/dance later on without a care in the World. By around 10pm, it does get quieter, hence, we headed off back to the main town of Mykonos and prepared for another night out on the town until dawn!
This is one of the places to hang out in Mykonos, probably one of the most expensive places too for a drink. Even early season in My is was always crowded here and you had to squeeze your way through the crowds of people and try not to end up in the sea! Great spot for a meal in the evening though or a cocktail as you watch the wonderful sunsets. Th light on the overhanging bar balconies was quite beautiful. Everyone wants a picture taken here.
A cosmopolitan tourit trap but I loved the town of Mykonos or Chora as it is known. A maze of white-washed cobbled streets with colourful boutiques and artists galleries amidst churches and tavernas. Centred around the old port with its lovely tavernas and fish market. keep an eye out too for Petros the Pelican a much loved symbol of the town. You can't help but take loads of photos!